The Sharon Academy Newsletter, January 16, 2014

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The Sharon Academy Newsletter, January 16, 2014

In this Issue:

Mark Your Calendar
Appreciations
TSA’s Chain Reaction Day
General News
Middle School News
High School News
Community Events
Opportunities for Students
Scholarships
Summer Opportunities
Classifieds

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Mark Your Calendar

January 2014

Thurs 16 “Paying for College Night” for 12th grade parents, 6:30 PM.  See HS News below
Mon 20 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:
No School for students. In-Service for Teachers
Tues 21 “Chain Reaction Day” honoring Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy. Followed by an all-school potluck.  Please see Chain Reaction section below
Weds 22 HS Second Marking Period ends
Fri 24 HS Dance, 8:00pm–11:00pm, see HS News below

 

February 2014

 Thurs  6 Planning for College night for 11th grade parents, 6:30 pm
 Thurs  6 TSA Info Night for perspective students, Norwich Public Library, 6:30pm
 Fri 14 Intent to Return forms due for 8th grade families.  The Fee will be charged to other families unless we hear otherwise.  See General News below
 Thurs 20 Poetry Out Loud, 7:00 at the HS.  See HS News below
 Fri 21 End of MS 2nd Trimester
 Mon – Fri  24 – 28 February Vacation

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Appreciations

Congratulations to Isabelle O’Connor ’14 who has five Linoleum prints featured in the Norwich University High School Juried Show.  The university’s School of Architecture and Art will present the second annual show, which will be on display at the Chaplin Hall Gallery Monday from Jan. 27 through Feb. 9.  It will feature the work of 56 young artists from 16 Vermont and New Hampshire high schools. The size of the show more than doubled this year, with more than 200 submissions. There will be 105 works of art on display.

Good luck to all of our traveling students:

  • As mentioned last week, Lucia Gagliardone ’16 is in Ecuador.
  • Luna Skeet-Browning ’16 is in Zaragoza, Spain attending a public high school and living with a Spanish family until March 24th.  She is also taking art classes in the city in her spare time.
  • Dejah Lee ’15 is leaving for Oxbow in California.  “The Oxbow School is a unique, interdisciplinary semester program for high-school students with a visual arts and academic focus. Our mission is to strengthen students’ abilities in creative and critical inquiry by combining rigorous studio art practice with innovative academics…” (From the OxBow website).
  • Silas Farwell Mead ’15 is going to High Mountain Institute (HMI) in the Rocky Mountains and the canyons of Utah. “Students spend 12 weeks on HMI’s boarding school campus taking honors and AP-level classes that are place-based.  Then students spend 5 weeks on expeditions throughout the Colorado Plateau.” (From the HMI website).
  • Liam Rossier ’15 and Andy Bando-Hess ’15 are both going to The Mountain School.  “Each semester 45 motivated high school juniors from all over the country come together to live and work on the school’s farm in rural Vermont.  While living with teachers in small houses, students help to make important decisions concerning how we live together. Courses provide a demanding, integrated learning experience that takes advantage of the school’s small size and mountain campus. Engagement with the farm and forest sparks an appreciation for their food, their fuel and their labor. ” (From the Mountain School website).
  • Per Pytte ’16 is also leaving to join thirteen other teens for a five month expedition semester with Kroka in southern NH. They will travel 600 miles throughout Vermont by ski, canoe and bicycle, sleeping in a tent they will have made, eating food they dried and prepared, and using tools they will have hand crafted. They will be learning forest ecology, VT natural history, meteorology, hydrology and water quality evaluation. When the snow is gone they will canoe the Missisquoi into Canada. The expedition ends in June with a bike trip from the top of Vermont back to southern NH.

For the second year in a row, Quinn Thomashow ‘ 16 has qualified to represent the US in the FEIF Youth Cup (FEIF is the International Federation of Icelandic Horse Associations) in Iceland this summer.  Quinn is one of three high school students chosen in the US.

 

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TSA’s 2014 Chain Reaction Day:

A celebration in the spirit of the work
of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A TSA event for all high school and middle school students, inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. …

 

On Tuesday, January 21, 2014, all high school and middle school students and staff at The Sharon Academy will engage in a day filled with activities, conversation-inspiring workshops, and food. The objectives of the day will be to: Explore the unspoken assumptions we make on a daily basis, increase our awareness of how our differences can enhance our relationships with each other or divide us, and begin to engage in conversations about difficult topics. We have a variety of community members and TSA staff presenting on workshop topics exploring race, gender, class, culture and the media. Students and staff will have the opportunity to sign up for workshops that interest them. To conclude the day’s events, all students and staff will join together for a potluck lunch in Moore Hall. We are asking all students and staff to contribute to the potluck lunch and we have designated specific items for each grade to bring.

Middle school students should be brought to the TSA High School on January 21st by 8:15am. The day’s schedule will be as follows:

  • 8:15-9:00 Opening Event
  • 9:15-10:30 Workshop I
  • 10:45-12:00 Workshop II
  • 12:00-12:30 Closing Event
  • 12:45-1:15 All School Potluck Lunch
  • 1:30 Electives Begin and Middle school students return to Middle School

(All Food should be brought to Moore hall on the morning of January 21st. Please try to bring dishes that do not need to be warmed up)

  • Grade 7& 8: DRINKS, DESSERT, or LUNCH FOOD
  • Grade 9: DRINKS
  • Grade 10: DESSERT
  • Grade 11: LUNCH FOOD
  • Grade 12: LUNCH FOOD
  • Staff: LUNCH FOOD and PLATES/CUPS/UTENSILS

If you have any questions about the January 21st event, please contact Kate Sensenich (ksensenich@sharonacademy.net, Ext 115)

 

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General News

 

Intent to Return fee: This is the time of year to inform us of your student’s intention to return to TSA in the fall of 2014.  Letting us know your intent is essential to our planning.  As you know, TSA is committed to small class size and our finances are tight. It is important that we know the number of students who will be returning next year, as we will soon inform prospective new students regarding their enrollment for Fall 2014, and we need to have an accurate count of spaces available.
  • Families of 8th graders: please fill out the attached Intent to Return form (click here to access the form: http://sharonacademy.org/main/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/intent-to-return-2013.pdf ) and return it with your payment by February 14th.
  • Families of 7th, 9th, 10th, and 11th graders: If you know that your student  will not be returning to TSA in the fall, please inform us ASAP,  before February 14th.  All student accounts will be charged the annual $100.00 intent to return fee unless we hear otherwise from you.

If you need assistance making a decision about your student’s school placement, please contact Pam Ward (pward@sharonacademy.net) at the middle school or Louise Caldwell (lcaldwell@sharonacademy.net) at the high school.

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Middle School News

 

Middle School Dance Coming Soon!

  • When?  Friday, January 24th  6:30 – 9:30.  Marcy Innes’ advisees will need to stay for clean up and should be picked up at 9:45.
  • Where? At the middle school
  • Who?  All TSA middle school students are encouraged to attend.  Each TAS student is allowed to bring up to two guests.  Guests must be in grades 6-8 and be pre-approved by Marcy Innes.
  • Why?  To have fun and boogie!
  • What (to bring)?  Admission is $1.00 or an item for the food shelf.  7th graders should bring snack food to share, 8th graders should bring drinks to share.
  • What (else)?  Three parent chaperones are needed.  Please contact Marcy Innes minnes@sharonacademy.net if you can help.

 

Chain Reaction Day:  Please read the Chain Reaction section of the newsletter to learn more about Chain Reaction Day on Tuesday, January 21st,  which middle school students will be attending at the high school.  Middle school students will need to be dropped off on Tuesday morning at the high school (doors are open at 7:30 AM for early arrivers).  Middle school students will be transported back to the middle school for regular afternoon classes.  Therefore, pick up is at the middle school as usual.  Also, please note that students are asked to provide a pot-luck dish for the all school lunch.  If you send in a container, which you wish to have returned please mark the container clearly with your student’s name and grade.

 

 

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High School News

 

Paying for College night: On January 16th, from 6:30 – 7:30pm at the High School, Kimberly Barnhart is holding an information session for parents of seniors.  This evening will be an overview of financial aid, grants, scholarships, loans, and college award notifications. Although it is geared towards parents of seniors, some junior parents have found it useful in the past.  This will not be a night for filling out forms. However, you should note that there are VSAC events in the area to help with financial aid forms. Please see vsac.org/schedule for dates and locations. (For example, there are two next week.)

Blackout Dance:  Friday, January 24th at the HS, there will be a dance to raise money for the prom.  Admission: $5.  Wear all white.  If you would like to bring a non-TSA guest, please register with Kate before next Thursday.

Independent Studies for Second Semester: Students who are interested in pursuing an independent study should begin by meeting with their advisors now. Forms to help guide the conversation are available on the bulletin board outside KB’s office.

Winter Visit Day at Boston University:  BU offers Winter Visit Day for sophomores and juniors and their families to learn more about the school. It will be Friday, February 21, from 9 – 2, lunch provided. For more information, visit: http://www.bu.edu/admissions/visit-us/winter-visit-day/

Free college planning workshops for juniors, sophomores, & their parents. Find out more at vsac.org/CollegePathways or call 888-943-7301. Register now! These are held on March 15 (at Saint Michael’s College), March 29 (at Castleton State College), or April 7 (at Lyndon State College).

Opportunity for Juniors at CRREL: CRREL is proud to sponsor the Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) to provide a unique opportunity to area high-school JUNIORS with an aptitude for math and science. Students work on a one-to-one basis with a CRREL scientist or engineer, who acts as a mentor. Students learn techniques for dealing with scientific and engineering problems and may have the opportunity to use highly sophisticated equipment. During the summer the students gain valuable on-the-job experience and information to help them make important career choices. Each student presents a poster at an end-of-summer poster session, summarizing his or her project. If interested, students may work part-time during the school year and may be eligible to remain temporarily employed with CRREL throughout their Bachelor degree program. In the past, approximately 90% of our apprentices have remained in the science or engineering fields. Where are the apprenticeships located?  CRREL, 72 Lyme Road, Hanover, New Hampshire.  For information, including eligibility requirements, please contact Linda Castro at Linda.K.Castro@usace.army.mil.

 

Famished Phoenix Lunch Schedule at the High School: Famished Phoenix will come to assuage our high schoolers’ hunger on Tuesdays and Fridays (But not on Tuesday, January 21st, as we are having the Chain Reaction Potluck that day). Remember, students may purchase a Coupon Book for $36 (checks accepted, made out to Famished Phoenix please). These are booklets of tickets for $36-worth of food that can be kept at school so students don’t need to carry cash for their lunch.

We need photos from JV girls soccer for the yearbook! Please e-mail Mollie Faccio (mfaccio@sharonacademy.net) with the photos. Alternatively, please send in a flashdrive or CD for her.

Poetry Out Loud: Save February 20 for this year’s local celebration of Poetry Out Loud, when students who choose to participate will recite two poems from memory, with one of them getting the chance to represent The Sharon Academy at the state semi-finals! The evening begins at 7:00, and is open to the public. Our judges this year will be Bob and Kathy Eddy. Kathy is a noted composer and writer, and Bob has just won the Vermont Press Association’s award for arts criticism. The event is open to any TSA student in grades 9-12, but there’s a special incentive for Division II students. Any student who successfully recites one poem that evening will earn one added point on their third quarter Humanities grade. Two successful recitations earns them two points, and winning earns them three! Rules for participation are posted on the Poetry Out Loud website, as are all of the eligible poems. Clever students may well find poetry to use which also supports their belief presentation!


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Community Events

 

Sharon Hockey Tourney: On Saturday, January 25th at 10:00 am, there will be a hockey tourney at the Sharon Community Skating Rink. 6 person teams (4-on-4, 2 subs, minimum of 2 kids). Registration is $30 per team to benefit the rink. And there are prizes (youngest team, best costume)! Contact Steve Gagliardone at 763.8014 or gagliardones@gmail.com for more information.

Godspell Auditions: Chelsea Mountain Players is holding auditions for Godspell (2012 Revival)on January 22nd and 23rd from 3:30 to 6:00 at Chelsea Town Hall. Auditions are open to all students in grades 6-12. For the audition, bring any song you feel comfortable singing 20 seconds of that you think shows of your vocal range well. A quick acting audition will also take place. Show Dates: April 10th & 11th at Chelsea Town Hall. Please Contact Billy Ray Poli at bpoli@chelseaschoolvt.org or 685-4551 EXT 132 if you have any questions!

 

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Opportunities for Students

Girls State! Open to rising senior girls who are interested in leadership. It will be held at VTC June 15 – 19.  For more information, see www.vtalauxiliary.org Applications are due by March 26.
George Washington University offers several pre-college programs throughout the summer. For more information, see precollege.gwu.edu

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Scholarships

Seniors and parents: Get help on filing FAFSA (free application for Federal student aid) at vsac.org/FAFSAfirst
2014 Vermont Golf Scholarships ($1000 each to 10 students with a minimum 3.0 GPA and a minimum SAT of 1500) is now available online at www.vtga.org/scholarship_app.html Applications are due May 1. If you have questions, you can also email John Stempek at jstempek53@gmail.com

Buick Scholarships up to $100,000: Seniors interested in studying engineering, technology, design or business with an interest in the automotive industry are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. Visit buickachievers.com for program details and the online application. Deadline: February 28, 2014, 5:00 p.m. EST

Vermont Grocers Association Scholarships: VGA Scholarship application is available to all VGA Retail & Associate members who have student employees or employees with children attending college for the first time. VGA will award Fifteen Scholarships in 2014 totaling $22,500: 3 Scholarships based on merit at $1,500; 12 Scholarships based on financial need & merit at $1,500. To request an application, Call the VGA office: 800-842-8503 or 802-839-1928 or email: tess@vtgrocers.org. When requesting an application be certain to include the following: Student’s name, home address, email address, telephone number, and how the student qualifies to apply (Name of VGA member company and whether the student or parent is employed there). Application deadline: APRIL 28, 2014

 

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Summer Opportunities

Summer Dance Workshop at Skidmore College, June 1 – 21. For more information, see skidmore.edu/summerdance

Summer Academy: A four-week residential/commuter program open to high school juniors and seniors. Students can earn three credits and have a residential campus experience. For more information about summer courses and Summer Academy, visit www.uvm.edu/summer/precollege

JumpStart UVM: Entering first-year students who have been admitted and decide to enroll at UVM in fall 2014 can get a head start on their college career by living on campus and completing a 3-credit class. JumpStart students can take part in field trips and social activities on campus before the start of fall semester. For more information on the Jump Start program, please visit http://uvm.edu/jumpstart.

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